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Contact Information

Deep Shah

737 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607

phone Phone: 312-996-7730

Email: dshah38@uic.edu

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Need to get away from the urban lifestyle for a weekend or even a day? Want to learn how to build a campfire and roast S’mores in the quad? UIC’s Outdoor Adventure Program provides students with outdoor experiences that are educational, inspiring, and fun.  Join us on our next adventure as we climb, hike, kayak, paddle, camp, ski, cook, and learn in a beautiful and natural environment.

Outdoor Adventure Trips

Chicago Park District Stewardship Day 

August 26

Register: HERE 

Volunteer with the Chicago Park District and UIC Campus Recreation to help clear invasive plant species and remove litter in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor at the McCormick Bird Sanctuary.

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Red River Gorge Climbing Trip

August 31 – September 3

Register: HERE

Kick off the 2018 – 2019 academic year with a long weekend of climbing at Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. We will be leaving campus Friday afternoon and will return Monday evening. Campus Recreation will provide climbing gear, food, camp fees, and transportation from campus.

Registration deadline: August 19

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REI Chicago Canyon Kayak Tour

September 15

Cost: $45

Register: HERE

Launching from the REI Boathouse at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown, we will explore the exciting downtown Chicago architecture from the unique perspective only a kayak can provide. Join us as we travel along the south branch of the Chicago River past skyscrapers, outdoor plazas, parks, parts of Chinatown, and enjoy the bustling water front. Previous paddling experience is recommended. 7 mile paddle.

Registration Deadline: September 8

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Chicago Park District Stewardship Day 

September 16

Register: HERE 

Volunteer with the Chicago Park District and UIC Campus Recreation to help clear invasive plant species and remove litter in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor at the McCormick Bird Sanctuary.

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REI Chicago Canyon Kayak Tour

September 29

Cost: $45

Register: HERE

Launching from the REI Boathouse at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown, we will explore the exciting downtown Chicago architecture from the unique perspective only a kayak can provide. Join us as we travel along the south branch of the Chicago River past skyscrapers, outdoor plazas, parks, parts of Chinatown, and enjoy the bustling water front. Previous paddling experience is recommended. 7 mile paddle.

Registration Deadline: September 22

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Day Hike at Starved Rock State Park

October 13  8:00am – 6:00pm

Cost: $10

Register: HERE

Day trip to Starved Rock State Park to hike and explore the sandstone bluffs that make up the park. Located just an hour and a half outside the city, we will be leaving campus at 8am and returning around 5pm.

Registration Deadline: October 7

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Palos HIlls Hike and Kayak Day Trip 

October 14

Cost: $30

Register HERE

Come spend your Saturday Hiking and Kayaking at Palos Hills Forest Preserve in the southwest suburbs. Price of the trip includes transportation from UIC, kayak rentals for 1 hour and a guided hike.

Registration Deadline: October 7

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Hike and Camp Weekend 

October 19 – 21

Cost: $75

Register HERE

We will be spending the weekend hiking and camping at Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Group will be leaving UIC at 2pm on Friday afternoon and will return to campus Sunday evening. Cost includes food, transportation, park and camp fees.

Registration Deadline: October 7

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Chicago Park District Stewardship Day 

October 21

Register: HERE 

Volunteer with the Chicago Park District and UIC Campus Recreation to help clear invasive plant species and remove litter in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor at the McCormick Bird Sanctuary.

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Palos Hills Day Hike

November 17th

Cost: $10

Register HERE

Come spend the day hiking at Palos Hills Forest Preserve. Cost includes transportation from UIC. We will be leaving UIC at 8am and will return to campus around 2pm.

Registration Deadline:November 11

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Chicago Park District Stewardship Day 

November 18

Register: HERE 

Volunteer with the Chicago Park District and UIC Campus Recreation to help clear invasive plant species and remove litter in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor at the McCormick Bird Sanctuary.

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** All listed prices are for REGISTERED UIC Students**

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Outdoor Gear Rental

Camping Gear Rental 

We have everything you need to jump start your outdoor adventure trip or excursion! Campus recreation offers a number of camping and recreational gear for rent to the UIC community.

All gear requests are subject to availability.

To request gear for your next adventure, please email Deep Shah at dshah38@uic.edu or adventure@uic.edu.

Rates

Gear Rental Rates

Policies 

All gear rentals are subject to the  Gear Rental Rules and Policies

Wilderness First Aid Course

The MED Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course makes use of lecture and practical-based learning both in and outside of the classroom. The concepts and skills taught in this course will prepare you to prevent, identify and stabilize a diverse range of injuries and illnesses associated with recreation in remote places where adaptations to harsh environments, limited access to resources and communication, and personal/group safety must be made. Beginning with patient assessment, this course helps establish a foundation for students to make informed decisions during emergency situations when far from definitive healthcare systems.

Topic List:

Topics covered in our Wilderness First Aid course include an introductory level overview and practice of topics including patient assessment, respiratory distress emergencies, bleeding & wound management, shock, spine & head injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies, abdominal illnesses & injuries, allergies & anaphylaxis, and emergency & evacuation plans. Inclusion of additional topics beyond what is listed can be discussed and agreed on upon request.

Certification Guidelines:

Our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course involves a minimum of 16 hours of contact time. No exam is associated with this course. After successful completion of the course components, a student is granted a 2 year certification. No recertification course exists for this training. Instead, a student can participate in a new Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course and gain further certification.

Schedule:

Day 1: 8:00am-5:00pm

Day 2: 8:00am-5:00pm

A 1 hour lunch break is provided each day of this course.

 

This course is offered to UIC Students, Members, and Non Members.

To register, click HERE!

Past Trips

See an activity that’s not listed that you’d be interested in? Email cdepau2@uic.edu with your trip ideas or to see if that activity is being planned for the future!

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Fall 2013- Mulit-day rock climbing and camping

Workshops

Fall Workshops to be announced soon!

Cancellation Policy

All registrations are final. Cancellations made 3 weeks prior to the trip date will be refunded less a 10% processing fee. Cancellations made less than 3 weeks to the trip date will not be refunded as the registration money typically goes to third party companies in planning stages.

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TESTIMONIALS

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 “We did romantic night hiking under the moonlight, saw the best mountain views while leaning on the steep rocks, enjoyed cooking and gaming as a close team, and pushed ourselves beyond our limits on rocks and water with our professional and inspiring guides. I can not tell of a similar experience like this trip before and I believe it will always be one of the most special trips ever.”

-Lubing Zhang

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